School of Allied Health Sciences

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Formed in September 2023, the School of Allied Health Sciences brings together our science based subjects associated with the health sector. The School occupies state-of-the-art teaching and research spaces in the newly refurbished Health and Wellbeing Building and the iconic, James Hehir Building facing the waterfront, with dedicated specialist facilities for each subject

Our undergraduate BSc provision ranges from courses dedicated to Health and Care Professions such as, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiography, Paramedic Sciences and Physiotherapy, through to Sports and Exercise Sciences and Life Science courses which include Sport Performance Analysis, Sport and Exercise Science, Biomedical Science, Biological Sciences, Nutrition & Human Health and Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation Science.

In addition, we offer PgC/PgD courses in Enhanced Clinical Practice, Radiography Practice, Paediatric Imaging and Computed Tomography, and MSc courses in Advanced Clinical Practice, Advanced Radiography Practice and Diagnostic Radiography. We also offer short courses in Non-Medical Prescribing.

In early 2024, we are launching a new BSc course in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy as we continue to grow our provision in Allied Health Sciences.


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Staff profiles

Professor Alistair Mathie

Alistair is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

Robert Ellis

Rob is Associate Dean for Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience as well as the Director of Life Sciences.

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Professor Ruth Strudwick

Ruth is Head of Allied Health Professions and Associate Professor in Diagnostic Radiography.

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Dr Christopher Turner

Christopher is Head of Life Science. His research studies animals at all levels, from their molecular and cell biology to their behaviour and ecology.

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Dr Jane Black

Jane is an Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise Physiology and the Head of Sport and Exercise.

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Carolyn Benfield

Carolyn is Head of Placements and Health Partnerships and the role focuses on quality enhancement.

Visiting Academics

In the School of Allied Health Sciences we have a number of Visiting Academics that take guest lectures and enhance the learning experience.

View the full list
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Health Voices

Formerly the service user and carer group, Health Voices is an inclusive group listening to citizens, students, staff, charities, and communities. Health Voices has a shared vision with the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health, and the School of Allied Health Sciences to embed diverse voices at the heart and centre of health education and research.

Find out more about Health Voices
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